While the Israeli army and Gaza militants were busy striking each other with rockets and missiles, representatives from both sides fired salvos across the Twittersphere. Israel Defense Forces or IDF on Wednesday began live-tweeting and blogging about its current military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Ahmed Jabari: Eliminated. twitter.com/IDFSpokesperso…— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
After this Twitter post, @AlqassamBrigade reacted quickly by tweeting:
In addition to this the microblogging platform was also used by both to issue warnings to each other.
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
In response to warning issued by IDF, Alqassam Brigade tweeted:
@idfspokesperson Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves)— Alqassam Brigades (@AlqassamBrigade) November 14, 2012
Twitter temporarily suspended the @IDFSpokesperson account in accordance with its terms and conditions that do not allow tweets that include direct, specific threats of violence against others. In another technological spinoff, YouTube briefly removed a video clip on the official IDF channel that showed the footage of Ahmed Jabari’s assassination. However, YouTube later stated that the removal was a mistake and the video has been reinstated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also took to Twitter to express his resentment for the attacks launched by Hamas on Tel Aviv. Netanyahu warned Hamas that Israel will not tolerate rocket attacks on its citizens.